Label: Witchhammer Production - WHP-123D METAL • Format: Cassette Album, Limited Edition • Country: Thailand • Genre: Rock • Style: Thrash, Black Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. There aren't very many bands that can go on a full US tour and blow minds like Witchaven Jane Jane Pollock - Tar. Not only that but the first 2 tours the demolished was before their first album Terrorstorm was even released!
There is none more deserving than the mighty Witchaven! This was released back incontains 10 tracks of no filler Blackened D-beat Thrash! And, from the very first song you will hear everyone one of those sub-genres presented Empty Chasm - Witchaven - Terrorstorm its full. The album starts off with some monster drumming into high speed thrashing riffs. It keeps you head banging with the killer mid temp at and transitions perfectly into some crusty goodness!
And, just when you think things couldn't get any better they come at you with Empty Chasm - Witchaven - Terrorstorm insane black metal tremelo picking and guitar leads! Often times, the only thing a band needs to be considered black thrash is the vox and Venom like guitar riffs.
Which isn't bad but for Witchaven then bros have just got to step it up a notch or four! They are probably known for their song that really gets the crowd going, "Black Thrash Assault". What is really the icing on the cake is that these thrasher thugs bring down the house every time they play!
If you go back and were to read anyone's tour blog from when they toured with Witchaven or just played a show with them; it never fails, there is always some mention of them stealing the show. Every member of Brohaven has such incredible stage presence. Even Lerby the drummer will stand up and headbang during the songs its nuts.
What is really impressive is that you expect a band that plays a genre like this to be very mediocre but between songs the bass player is slapping it up, and their Empty Chasm - Witchaven - Terrorstorm guitarist Erik can even do slaps on the guitar!
As well as rip boss solos! What really makes it is how cool they are in person. And that every song has something that really stands out about it. From the mid tempo in Black Thrash Assault, or my personal favorite, Dawn of the Unholy; these unholy black thrashers really know how to bring the mosh Lively Up Yourself (Dub) - Various - Reggae Anthology Box Set. If you could cram everything you like about black, thrash, and d beat into an album; this is what it would sound like.
Another North American thrash hopeful to see a re-issue through MetalHit. What I find most compelling about Witchaven, though, is that despite the antiquity or 'dating' of the music being One Million Stars (7 Version) - James Kahn - One Million Stars (Remix), the lyrics and samples speak of a band who likes to keep its subject matter pretty current, so they'll engage topics of modern globalization, exploitation, meth addiction and other real topics that we, as a society, are actually facing today, rather than those big ticket issues of the 80s and the Cold War.
There are a few exceptions, like "Unholy Copulation" which is your usual Slayer blasphemy, "Ardent Lust" with its sexual overtones, or "Black Thrash Assault" which is frankly just a bit generic, but otherwise, it's a nice touch to know that someone is keeping tabs on the world rather than dissolving entirely intro retrospective aesthetics. I can't really say the same for much of the music, of course, but at least Witchaven perform their instruments with some earnest, volatile energy that faithfully mirrors their influences, whether it's the Slayer-like gunning in "A.
Hell, they've even got a song here that feels more like straight up Bathory or Mayhem black metal "Empty Chasm"so while derivative, there is at least a fair dynamic range to pore over. The production itself is also solid, with a guitar tone that is both clean and raw, crisp and effective; and savage, hoarse rasping from Henry Montoya which sits at the precise right spot in the mix. Where Terrorstorm seems to fall short of making a case for itself is in the various chorus parts, or when one breaks down a lot of the individual riffing.
Witchaven knows its business, and the lineup all seem to be sleek and competent performers, but aside from the lyrical material, they feel a lot like just another 'witch' band to follow the formula: Witchtrap, Witchburner, Bewitched and Witchery to name but a few. The guitars and vocals here are expletive and brazen enough that fans of the Empty Chasm - Witchaven - Terrorstorm War Now!
That said, I would not write off the potential here: it's a decent debut album, and one could do far worse. I first heard these guys at a local festival, Thrasho De Mayo 5, they tore that place a new asshole. I had never seen a band so intense. Everyone was going crazy invading the stage and moshing. So in between bands I went to the merchandise table and picked up this gold they had just released called Terrorstorm.
I don't think any other band playing this style in the whole world right now can match this. It is still to this daily listen on my iPod. It's a pure gem. I've listened to this album about a dozen times, and I still can't get enough.
The riffing is just great. Jerry Empty Chasm - Witchaven - Terrorstorm is sadly not in the band anymore has some outstanding solos. Demolition Henry who also thrashes on the guitar does an amazing job with the vocals especially live. No, let me re-phrase that, this is a black metal gem with thrash influences. This is definitely an album metal heads preferably black and Crazy Rhythm - Various - 30th Anniversary Celebration Album (SACD) metal fans should check out.
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